Growth in Prayer & Spiritual Conversation Courses-applications invited 2019-2020

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Edinburgh & Fife 

Applications invited  for 2019-2020





3 people talkingSpiritual Conversation Training
Edinburgh 2019-20 

Applications invited  for 2019-2020


Growth in Prayer Course; Edinburgh & Fife invites applications for 2019-20

Growth in Prayer & Reflective Living (GPRL)

Edinburgh and Fife 2019-20


The course aims to help people to pray and live reflectively by offering an opportunity to explore faith, discover meaning, and come to a deeper relationship with God.

This year the course is held in Edinburgh and Fife.

Applications are now invited for the new term starting October 2019

Barbara Buda Memorial Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Barbara Buda

Barbara Buda

St Mary’s Monastery, Kinnoull, Perth

You are invited to arrive from 11am, when there will be tea and coffee available, we will then have a service of remembrance and thanksgiving, starting at 12 noon, followed by lunch.

As the venue can only accommodate 45 people for lunch, it would be very helpful if you could let us know if you are planning to attend, by the 13th May.

After this date the event will be opened up to  to non members.

We would be grateful if you could send your replies, and any dietary requirements, to

ISC LENT RETREAT; registration open


Lead a Group

Registration is now open for Leaders for this year’s  Lent Retreat through Ignatian Spirituality Centre (ISC)

If would like to lead a group in your area, then get in touch with them.  For more information visit ISC Lent Retreat page

If you live in Scotland  register with ISC – REGISTER 

Barbara Buda’s unexpected death

A young BarbaraBarbara Anna Buda  died unexpectedly but peacefully at home in Kinross during Monday night, 26th November, aged 63. Barbara was a marvellous and inspirational person to many friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours during her very interesting and fulfilling life. She is loved by many but particularly her godson and nephew, Daniel, brother Gerard, late parents, Catherine and Aloysius and brother Edmund.

Mass was said for Barbara   at   St James Catholic Church, on Monday 10th Dec.

It is hoped to have a memorial service in Edinburgh  in the near future.

More information to follow.

Sad announcement of death of Barbara Buda; EG Co-ordinator

Barbara Buda

Barbara Buda

The Core Group are very sad to announce that Barbara Buda, the Coordinator of the Epiphany Group, died unexpectedly in her sleep on November 27th.

There are no further details at this time about funeral arrangements, but when these become known, they will be communicated here.

Barbara was much valued by the whole Epiphany Group for her many years of Ignatian ministry.

She had been a long-standing member of the Group, had served on the Core Group from 2009, and had been the Coordinator from 2012.

She will undoubtedly be greatly missed by all, in the Epiphany Group and beyond.

Our prayers are with her family, friends and colleagues.

The Core Group wish it to be known that they are, at present, in a holding pattern while they process this sudden event and discern the way forward, in order to continue the work in which Barbara played such a vital part.

Annual Conference Report available

St Mery's Kinoull

St Mery’s Kinoull Perth

What does it mean to live the concept of Integral Ecology?

The Report on our most successful annual conference in October 2018 can be found on our Annual Conference page.

31 Days of St Ignatius

 31 Days campaign

An invitation to directors and prayer guides to take part or share with those you know this year’s 31 Days campaign which is centred around Ignatian Ways of Praying. Each week, resources for a different type of prayer will be available on the 31 Days campaign website  and participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences on-line. You can sign up here.

This year’s 31 Days campaign has a different focus on Ways of Praying.

2016-2018 Orkney Training in Spiritual Conversation and Spiritual Direction comes to an end.

Springing from a thread of contacts, conversations and meetings, and then a Retreat in Daily Life – held over a Lenten week in 2016 in Kirkwall, Dounby and Holm and directed by Carole Phelan, Rachel Inglis and Judith Irving – Orkney Training in Spiritual Conversation and Spiritual Direction flowed into life with a question: “What do you want?”


Now, this two year journey of training has come to an end. Held from late 2016 to summer 2018, the training was offered and facilitated via weekly Skype sessions, together with many emails, stacks of PDFs of handouts and articles, and a well-loved, well-used and immensely creative Facebook Group Page. The full and complete training ended successfully and fruitfully with Pirjo Little and Sally McNeish (the two trainees) and Rachel and Judith (the training team) sharing a wonderful and joyful residential June weekend at West Manse and Brotchie, on the Orkney island of Westray.


This comes with great thankfulness for and to, Pirjo, Sally, Rachel, and Carole; Julia Meason and Tom Miller, who are part of the ‘team’ on Orkney, and all our intrepid triad helpers – Barbara, Derek, Di, Duncan, Helen, Katie, Rissa, Sue and Val. God bless you all.


“People destined to meet will do so, apparently by chance, at precisely the right moment.” (Traditional)


New Spiritual Direction Training in Perth in 2018-2019

Beginning in September 2018, the Epiphany Group will offer Spiritual Direction Training in Perth. This is a new venture, but builds on a strong foundation for the Epiphany Group and on so much good work that has gone on before, centred in Perth.


For, it was in 1990, that Celia Matthews, then Leader of the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Training for Ministry, was invited to be part of the Craighead Spirituality Centre’s Taking it Further course, based at Craighead in Bothwell. Following that, in 1992, Celia organised a Retreat in Daily Life for those in and around Perth, led by Roman Catholic Sisters from St Andrews. Then the Craighead team said training ‘off-site’ could be offered. So Gero McLoughlin, SJ came monthly to Perth for two years to deliver courses in Faith Accompaniment and Spiritual Direction.


It was in Celia’s home that the inaugural meeting of the Epiphany Group took place.


As well as RDLs, individual and group spiritual direction and supervision, and other training, a very memorable feature of Ignatian spirituality in Perth was the Quiet Days held at Celia’s home. These were noted for the welcoming warmth, their inclusive spirituality, wide-ranging subject matter, and superb hospitality.


This new course will be hosted at Celia’s home, as well as at St John’s Episcopal Church, Perth. It’s good to be back; good to know that a new Epiphany Group training will take place in Perth in 2018-2019.

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